The PSS5 printout contains a wealth of information that can be used to target possible problem areas in the sterilizer and eliminate other possibilities. Every printout provides information on the unit itself, the cycle set-up, and the run in question.

Printouts are one of the best troubleshooting tools available in the field. Unfortunately, the printouts are not used as frequently or effectively as they could be.

For many troubleshooting assistance requests received by the PRIMUS Service Department, the first thing PRIMUS technicians will request is a copy of the printout.

Information on All Printouts

Sterilizer Job Number

This gives information on the unit’s age and history

Software Configuration

Provides information on sterilizer set-up and options

Software Revision

Provide information on capabilities and limitations

Cycle Type and Important Parameters

Gives a starting point for cycle analysis

Cycle Transition Points

Gives status of cycle at the beginning of all phases and any alarms

Periodic Snapshots of the Cycle Status

Provides trending information and narrows focus for troubleshooting

Methodology for Checking Printouts

Check for the Obvious

Were there any alarms printed?
Were there any timeouts during the cycle?
Is there any unusual information included on the printout?

Check for Consistency

Were there any sudden changes in the readings?
Were there any lapses in the timing?
Was there any deviation from known relationships?

Check Against Your Expectations

Make a printout of the cycle parameters
Does the cycle profile follow the cycle recipe?
Does the cycle meet all parameter specifications such as end points or rates?

Check For Trends

Compare the cycle printout against previous runs

Have a question or having difficulties? Talk to Dave Schall, our PRIMUS sterilizer expert who is here to assist you anytime at 877.679.7800 extension 1212 or email at

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